Childhood stunting ‘great unrecognised disaster’


CHILDREN born in developing countries this year will lose more than $177 billion in potential life-time earnings because of stunting and other delays in physical development, scientists said last Wednesday (29). Children who have poor growth in their first years of life tend to perform worse at school, which usually leads to poorer earning power later on. The Harvard scientists calculated that every dollar invested in eliminating poor early growth would yield a $3 return. “$177 billion is a big pay cheque that the world is missing out on – about half a percentage point of GDP of these countries,”…

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